. According to Moxon, 1683, this was “Half a crown paid by a new workman to the chapel when he commences, which is always spent. If a journeyman wrought formerly in the same printing house, and comes again to work in it, he pays but half a benvenue. If a journeyman smout more or less on another printing house, he pays half a benvenue.” This custom, somewhat modified, is still retained in printing-offices, and the amount generally paid is the same as it was in the seventeenth century, though the value of half a crown then was considerably more than it is now. Under particular circumstances the chapel sometimes takes less; and the work­men always add something each, so as to be able to provide bread and cheese and a draught of porter to welcome the new comer. The word is now pronounced bevénue; it is evidently a corruption of the French bien venu, or wel­come.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 18.

[The Vatican’s Printing Press]


Richard Pynson

The first iron printing-press


Gothic Letters

Type Founding in Europe

Pica Type

Long Primer



Newspapers were first printed

[The Vatican’s Printing Press]


Richard Pynson

Some Numerals

John Gutenberg


The first work printed in Germany in the Roman characters

John Fust, or Faust

The first work in the English language

The Length of Literary Copyright

The letters in the alphabets of the different nations

Henry Stephens, Stephanus, or Étienne